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Project SOAR, led by the Population Council, in partnership with the Center of Reproductive Health at the University of Malawi College of Medicine, conducted a research portfolio to generate evidence to reduce HIV risk among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) and their male partners. The objectives of this implementation research were to generate evidence for describing HIV-related risk factors among AGYW; assess the extent to which the overall DREAMS project contributed toward the goal of reducing HIV risk among AGYW; and understand the characteristics of male partners and how to link them to HIV services, as well as retain men living with HIV in care. (DREAMS is an initiative that aims to ensure that AGYW aged 15–24 have an opportunity to live Determined, Resilient, Empowered AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe lives.) The findings of the study, conducted in the Zomba and Machinga districts and detailed in this report, aimed to inform HIV prevention programs and policies with the goal of improving health programming and overall well-being of AGYW and men in Malawi and other similar settings.






Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR); Reducing HIV Risk among Adolescent Girls and Young Women: Implementation Science around the DREAMS Initiative